Real Life Pain & Gain Victim Sues Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg

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In last summer's Michael Bay movie Pain & Gain, bodybuilders portrayed by Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson conspire to kidnap and extort a random rich prick named Victor Kershaw (played by Tony Shalhoub). In real life and the Miami New Times series that inspired the movie, bodybuilders Daniel Lugo and Paul Delgado kidnapped Marc Schiller, a family man and businessman who had given Delgado numerous business and employment opportunities over the years.

Well, Schiller doesn't like that the film made light of his torturous kidnapping and attempted murder and portrayed the character based on him as a jerk. So now he's suing Paramount Pictures, Viacom, Bay, and Wahlberg.

See also: Pain & Gain: From New Times Story to Michael Bay Film

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MDC Professor Brutally Attacked on Campus, Possibly by Student Angry Over Grades

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Miami Dade College music professor Marc Magellan was heading into a Kendall campus parking garage last week when someone yelled out, "Professor Marc!"

Next thing Magellan knew, he'd been punched in the face, knocked to the concrete, and brutally beaten until his nose shattered and his hand broke. The music teacher is still baffled by the beatdown and tells the Miami Herald that a student disgruntled over his grades might be the only logical explanation.

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A Shady Miami A/C Repairman Was Behind Yasiel Puig's Harrowing Escape From Cuba

Categories: Crime, La Habana

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Ever since he earned a midsummer promotion to the Dodgers last year, Cuban defector Yasiel Puig has been the most electrifying man in Major League Baseball -- flying heedlessly into walls, smacking absurd home runs, and annoying columnists by showing up late to games and speeding in his sports car.

But in the shadows, Puig has lived a much darker narrative, where a smuggling ring held him captive in Mexico and threatened to kill him with a machete, and where fellow athletes have accused him of working as a snitch for Castro's regime. At the center of it all, according to an astounding feature this week in Los Angeles magazine, is a Miami air-conditioning repairman with a criminal record.

See also: Cuban Baseball Agents: Risks and Lies

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Ultra 2014: Brother of Dead Concertgoer Calls Music Festival "a Death Trap"

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The decision over Ultra Music Festival's fate was delayed yesterday, but the debate rages on. Even as city commissioners consider banning Ultra, thousands of people per day are signing a petition to keep UMF in downtown Miami. Ultra opponents accuse the event of descending into drugs and violence. Its defenders say that it's no more dangerous than other concerts and that sending it elsewhere would be idiotic.

Lost in the vitriol are the voices of those who have the most to say: the family members of the two young men who died while attending Ultra. They are angry but resigned about the music festival.

"Ultra will be here next year," said Dionis Escoto, older brother of Adonis Escoto, who died while attending Ultra 2014. "Sadly, people will forget about my brother and those who continue to pass [away] and have trouble at this death trap!"

See also: Young Ultra Attendee Dies After Saturday's Show

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Colin Kaepernick and Two Other NFL Players Suspects in Miami Sexual Assault

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Caolin Kaepernick, wide receiver Quinton Patton, and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricarod Lockette are the subjects of a sexual assault investigation by the Miami Police Department.

The incident allegedly happened at Lockette's room at the Viceroy Hotel in downtown April 1. A woman claims she was drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana with the three NFL players and passed out. She eventually woke up in a hospital bed with no memory of what had happened.

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Ultra Music Festival Pays $400,000 to Man Beaten by Off-Duty Miami Cops in 2011

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It has been an interesting few months for Ultra. In late March, the mega music festival once again drew nearly 200,000 people to Bayfront Park, making untold millions of dollars, and firmly establishing itself as America's premier EDM event.

But a concertgoer's death and a stampede that nearly killed a security guard have also led politicians to demand Ultra be kicked out of downtown Miami.

Now comes news that Ultra's insurance company paid $400,000 in January to a man who was beaten up by the festival's off-duty cops three years ago.

See also: In Defense of Ultra Music Festival

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Miami-Dade Lieutenant Ran Drugs, Plotted Murder for Dominican Gang, Feds Say

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Until yesterday, Lt. Ralph Mata was the picture of an upstanding Miami-Dade cop. He was a top leader in Internal Affairs, spending his days going after corruption and abuse in the ranks. He'd earned exactly one mention in the Miami Herald in his career, for helping to lead a feel-good drug bust in Carol City.

But Mata had a secret double life, prosecutors say. To a violent Dominican gang, he was better known as "the Milk Man" and spent years feeding police intel to the drug-runners, buying them guns, protecting shipments, and even concocting a murder plot.

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Local Miami Pastor Allegedly Behind Plot to Sell Fake Damien Hirst Paintings

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Last year, Kevin Sutherland led his Mosaic Miami Church congregation through a sermon about sight and spirituality. "God begins to wash away" our blindness, the charismatic pastor said. "God begins to let us see."

Yet it was Sutherland's foresight that would fail him. The 46-year-old preacher was charged last week in New York with trying to sell five fake Damien Hirst paintings for $185,000.


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Hialeah City Official Stuffed Meth Pipe in His Butt at Traffic Stop

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You're high on meth, cruising around Fort Lauderdale with dilated pupils, a rocketing body temperature, and a pipe on your lap, when cops suddenly pull you over. What do you do?

Well, if you're Carlos Lopez, then the purchasing director for the City of Hialeah, you stuff that meth pipe right into your rectum and hope for the best. That's exactly what Fort Lauderdale police say happened back in December.

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Miami Firefighter (and Calendar Model) Arrested for Downloading Child Porn at Station

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Alex Rousseau, a Miami firefighter who has posed twice for the popular South Florida firefighters calendar, was arrested today for allegedly downloading child porn while at the firehouse.

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